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Over the years, we have had some interesting and new franchise concepts. This week Franchise Interviews is meeting with Tony Brea, Co-Founder of 1800Fix.com. The mission of 1800Fix.com is to become the #1 alternative "secondary technology market" service and sales provider. 1800Fix.com provides consumers with a superior, alternative channel for smartphone and technology/electronics repair, sales, trade-ins, and must have accessories, making the latest technology both attainable and affordable for everyone to own and maintain. As Tony mentions on the show, they fix almost everything but toasters.
In part 2, you will hear a clip from our interview with franchise consultant Tom Scarda on our Great Quotes in Franchising Podcast.
We are meeting with franchise veteran and expert Chris Simnick. Chris Simnick is Founder of FranchiseTeacher.com which is part of the Synergy Franchise Group Network. Chris is also President and Founder of Synergy Franchise Development, Inc, and is Managing Member and Founder of Synergy Franchise Group, LLC; a Florida based Limited Liability Company.
Their "Teach! Coach! Consult! Advise!" is more than a phrase; it is at the heart of their core values. FranchiseTeacher.com along with Synergy Franchise Group, LLC specializes in the creation and implementation of key strategies and business plans for concepts looking to enter franchising, franchise systems that are getting ready to launch as well as young and mature systems looking to "take the next step" in the growth of their systems.
Chris has over 30 years of business and franchise experience, as an independent business owner, franchisee and franchisor. His experience is at many levels and he has held numerous positions. Chris' people & sales skills along with his support, operations and management style, have allowed him to put together systems and mentoring teams in franchise development, recruitment, support, financial and operations which are respected throughout franchising.
In part 2 and 3 of today’s show, you will hear several interviews with franchise systems FranchiseTeacher.com has worked with. The first interview you will hear is with British Swim School. This interview was from a couple years ago and Rita Goldberg, the founder of British Swim School was a wonderful guest. The next show was also from over a year ago with J Dog Junk Removal. J Dog Junk Removal is a full-service junk removal company that removes almost anything. They offer junk removal services for your home or business. Find out what makes them unique by listening to segment 3.
We are meeting with Chris Rimlinger, VP of Marketing for the Money Mailer franchise. For over 34 years, Money Mailer franchisees and their staffs have helped local business owners increase market share. Their targeted, hyper-local approach allows business to reach prospects with offers in the mail, online, on mobile devices and through social media. Coupon usage continues to soar with 86% of households now using coupons and more strong growth ahead. Learn more about this exciting opportunity by listening to the show.
We are meeting John Blair, Director of Marketing for Frannet. FranNet is North America's most respected leader in matching individuals with franchise opportunities. Based in Louisville, Ky., FranNet has more than 100 consultants across North America and Europe who use a proprietary profiling and consultative process to determine a business model unique to each client's goals, skill sets and interests, and has matched thousands of entrepreneurs to rewarding small business opportunities. FranNet has been recognized by INC. magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America for the last four years.
Franchise Interviews meets with the Gravity Vault franchise. Lucas and Tim will go over their backgrounds and the inception story behind starting Gravity Vault, as well as go over the industry and growth of the concept. Rock climbing duo turned business partners, Lucas and Time were named New Jersey State Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration this year. They currently have 2 locations in New Jersey and are just about to open their 3rd. Lucas and Tim have also trained mechanics and engineers in rappelling to then perform maintenance on a 300 foot-long, $500-million dollar Army spy blimp. After working "real jobs" through their 20s, the friend decided to pursue their passion for rock climbing as a business venture in their 30s.
ABOUT GRAVITY VAULT
Lucas Kovalcik and Tim Walsh - avid climbers and entrepreneurial minded - decided to open their first indoor rock gym, called The Gravity Vault, in 2004. Natives of Bergen County, NJ, they knew there was a need for a state-of-the-art climbing gym in the county and wanted to share their passion for the sport. Opening the first Gravity Vault was only the first step in creating a franchise. They knew how fast the sport was growing and wanted to have a solid foundation with at least two operating gyms before they franchised. Their gyms have been featured in Fitness Magazine, the New York Times, The Bergen Record, 201 Magazine, Rockland Today Magazine and Urban Climber Magazine to name just a few publications. Gravity Vault also has been featured on Fox News and two local cable news programs. In addition to many rock-climbing awards, Kovalcik and Walsh were named co-2013 New Jersey State Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Listen to the show to learn more.
In Part 2, we get tips from franchise legend John Hewitt and one of Liberty Taxes' top franchisees.
This show will focus on how Junkluggers, a junk-removal franchise, was started by CEO Josh Cohen right after college with the use of his mother's SUV. The brand achieved its goal of adding franchisees to the system in 2013 and enjoyed nearly 25 percent system-wide growth last year. Cohen and the rest of Junkluggers team plan to double in size entering the second year in franchising, aiming to end 2014 with additional units along the East Coast.
• Cohen, who is in his early thirties, could provide tips, insight, best practices, and what mistakes to avoid for other young business owners looking to take their business to the next level in 2014.
• Junkluggers got started in 2004, after Cohen returned to the U.S from studying abroad, he immediately hit the streets handing out homemade flyers all around town to promote his new business idea. After the phone began to ring, Cohen quickly realized there was a demand for a reliable, professional and eco-focused removal service.
In 2004 after founder Josh Cohen returned to the U.S from studying abroad, he immediately hit the streets handing out homemade flyers all around town to promote his new business idea. After the phone began to ring, Cohen quickly realized there was a demand for a reliable, professional and eco-focused removal service. Armed with only his mom's SUV and a love for the environment, Cohen launched Junkluggers and has revolutionized the hauling and removal industry by focusing on environmentally-friendly and community-oriented furniture and junk removal practices.
In Part 2, we get tips from the author of one of the most popular books on franchising.
We are meeting with Dave Schafers of Meineke, Sr. VP of Business Development Driven Brands Inc. Formerly known as the muffler repair experts, Meineke has evolved its menu of product offerings to meet the demands of the changing marketplace. Formerly known as the muffler repair experts, Meineke has evolved its menu of product offerings to meet the demands of the changing marketplace. Today, the Charlotte-based franchise has emerged as the one-stop shop for tires, brake repairs, tune-ups, alignments, shocks and struts, routine maintenance and more. The brand evolution is paying off in a big way. The average age of cars on the road has climbed from 8.2 years in 2000 to 11.2 years in 2013, and general, non-warranty automotive repairs and maintenance is projected to cost consumers $1.6 billion in 2014.
We are meeting with Chip Paul (co-founder) from Palm Beach Vapors franchise. Palm Beach Vapors is a pioneer in the e-cigarette vapor market. They started our company not with the purpose of selling just another product, but with a true passion for helping folks, just like you, lessen the risks involved with smoking. From the moment you walk in a store, you’ll see why we’re so good at helping our customers find freedom from the use of traditional tobacco cigarettes. Their products are less expensive, cleaner, higher quality, and free from many of the harmful chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Find out more by listening to the show.
Franchise Interviews meets with the Toast franchise opportunity. In their time as actors and musicians in New York City, Robert and his friend Brian Burchill made a ritual of home-cooked omelets made from scratch in the company of good friends. Their passion for fresh-made food and an appreciation for the warmth of home inspired the duo in 2005 to open Toast Café (Toast) - a gourmet better-breakfast concept. Toast has since expanded to three locations in North Carolina, including restaurants in Davidson, Dilworth and Ballantyne.
With their focus on creating a better breakfast dining experience, the now-former entertainers have a hit on their hands and well on their way. In response to growing customer support and demand for more, Burchill and Maynard have decided to add franchising to the menu and look to dominate the 7am-2pm brunch daypart and expand throughout the country.
Toast Café's story began in 2005 in Huntersville, N.C. in a small house-turned-restaurant where best friends Brian Burchill and Robert Maynard opened their first breakfast spot. News of their fresh-made breakfasts and fun atmosphere spread. The concept quickly grew to three locations, serving new and loyal clients dishes such as made-from-scratch portabella mushroom benedict and avocado omelets. Never compromising fresh ingredients or friendly service, the demand for Toast kept growing. To satisfy its family of patrons' pleas for more locations, Toast evolved into a franchise system in 2013. Dining customers always can expect impeccable service because at Toast, "every server is your server." Breaking through the boring casual breakfast segment, Toast will continue spreading its success to new communities across the United States. Listen to the interview to learn more about Toast.
We are meeting with World Pizza Champion Glenn Cybulski, Co-Founder of Persona Neapolitan Pizzeria.Persona Pizzeria offers a delicious and truly authentic Neapolitan Pizza at a great value without the long wait.
The pizza industry, once dominated by delivery and take out concepts, is now in the midst of reinventing itself to fit into the fast casual mold. And while there are a number of pizzerias jumping on the fast casual trend, none is more innovative than Persona Neapolitan Pizzeria, a create-your-own, hand crafted authentic Neapolitan pizzeria and only concept of its kind in the country with an Italian trained Pizzaiolo.
Having opened its first location in Santa Barbara, California in February 2013, Persona has since become the #1 pizzeria in the region and recently announced plans to expand its national footprint with a one-of-a-kind franchise opportunity.
We follow segment 1 up with clips from of our interview on CBS Radio and with the franchise king Joel Libava.
Mosquitoes are big news these days, and so is the solution. Mosquito control is a hot topic.
Mosquito Joe, a leading mosquito control treatment company serving residential and commercial customers nationwide, has closed out 2013 with outstanding success. The brand has even found a way to expand by reaching franchise owners from another seasonal business – Liberty Tax.
Among the numerous highlights of the year, the brand celebrated the launch of its new logo, was ranked in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, opened 15 of the 39 territories sold in the year, and expanded into 10 new states. Of those new franchisees joining the MoJo family, there were multiple Liberty Tax franchisees who were looking to add another brand to keep their staff employed and generate revenue in their off-season. Their answer – join Mosquito Joe.
Find out what makes Mosquito Joe such a hot franchise opportunity and why now is the time to get involved. Kevin Wilson, CEO of Mosquito Joe.
Engineering for Kids comes from the mind of educator Dori Roberts. With an extensive educational background in math and technology education, Roberts taught engineering at the high school level for 11 years. During her teaching career, she saw a dire need for math, science and engineering programs. To fill this void, she started an afterschool club that participated in various engineering and science-based competitions.
After membership hit 180 students and the group won multiple state championships, she decided to tailor the program and apply it to a wider age demographic. With the extremely positive response she received from parents and administrators, Roberts saw a great business opportunity, leaving the teaching profession and devoting 100 percent of her time to developing the Engineering for Kids program.
Today, Engineering for Kids offers a suite of programs for children ages 4 to 14 introducing them to science, technology, engineering and math through a variety of workshops all aimed at developing problem solving skills. Programs include after school programs, evening classes, in-school field trips, workshops, birthday parties, home-school programs, scouts workshops, and pre-school programs.
Engineering for Kids began when she noticed that there was a lack of engineering programs in the area to enroll her then 6 and 8 year old children. We will speak with Dori Robers about this interesting franchise concept.
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